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Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)
TITLE: A Very Special Day
By Susan Lomax
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Susie knew that she was very lucky. Her daddy was the best daddy a girl could have. He was the godliest man she had ever met. His smile melted her heart. His words were always gentle and kind. The twinkle in his eyes could make the grouchiest store clerk chuckle and smile. She loved to be with him and experience the joy that seemed to follow wherever he went. When she bragged on him, he always reminded her that it was Jesus in his heart that made him that way.
Hand in hand they walked to the car and silently drove up to the bluff that overlooked the sleepy city where they lived. The parking lot was set up with rows of folding chairs, all facing the big white cross that stood on the edge of the bluff. Soon people began arriving, and there was a subdued excitement in the air. Susie’s daddy found a place for her to sit, and then he walked up to the makeshift platform that was placed in front of the cross. A gentleman that she didn’t know led the people in singing some of her favorite songs. She wondered why it seemed they only sang these songs once a year. They were such good songs. Gradually, the sky was getting lighter and the birds in the trees were waking. It was if they wanted to sing along and join the celebration. And a celebration it was.
Susie’s daddy opened the black book that he always carried, and read familiar passages to the happy crowd. Today was the only day of the year this group of people gathered together. Any differences were unimportant compared to their reason for rejoicing. Many years ago, perhaps on a bluff much like this one, a very special man had suffered and died at the hands of an angry mob. In the midst of his anguish, Jesus had prayed for his accusers. Susie was too young to understand all of the significance of his death, but she knew her daddy loved him. She had often heard fantastic stories of the wonderful things Jesus had done. That was her daddy’s job; telling people about this incredible man.
Susie sat quietly listening to her daddy remind the people of why this day was so special. Behind him stood the big white cross, silhouetted against the sky that was now a radiant orange. Susie imagined that it wouldn’t be possible for a sunrise to be any prettier. Then, all of a sudden, the sun broke into the sky and her father procalimed: “He is not here! He is not dead, for He is risen, just as He said!” Yes, this was a very special day.
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